FW: CBIF website

Kondla, Norbert FOR:EX Norbert.Kondla at gems3.gov.bc.ca
Tue Apr 2 15:16:13 EST 2002

- check this out; lots of butterfly data now available on the web; scope out
the species analyst -- have fun :-)

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Subject: CBIF website

Hi everyone,

Thank you for responding to my request for contact information last fall for
CBIF and the Butterflies of Canada project.

I am pleased to announce the official release of the Canadian Biodiversity
Information Facility website.


This site provides:

- access to the primary data associated with the millions of natural history
specimens housed in Canada's biological collections through Species Analyst
Canada.   Databasing these specimens is an ongoing project, but currently we
are hosting data for over half a million records in five different taxonomic
groups. (If you have any additional databases available for posting, please
let me know)

- interactive range maps based on these specimens (coming soon) 

- species descriptions through SpeciesBank (Lepidoptera)

- online specimen identification tools for Lepidoptera (coming soon) 

- a gateway to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System, which is an
online database of taxonomic information and associated search engines.

This is still a work in progress, so I would appreciate any comments you may
have on the site, including broken links etc.

Many of you are listed as contacts for the data in Species Analyst. As
contacts, you may receive inquiries relating to the data you provided. Feel
free to send me any that you can't answer.  

Please verify that your contact information is up to date.  To find it, from
the main page, please click on Species Analyst, then the taxonomic group for
which you donated data, and then the name of the collection. 

Some changes have been made to the data during the formatting and data
cleaning process.  As many of the localities as possible have been
georeferenced.   There are a number of records which are not available on
the site, generally because of georeferencing or specimen identification

If you have any questions, concerns or corrections, please let me know.

Annabelle Jessop.

Annabelle Jessop
Biodiversity Section
Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 
(613) 759-1803
(613) 759-1927 fax


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